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Psychosocial Screening in Inpatient Adolescents

  • Note: this is a past research project that is now complete.


    The aim of this project is to develop a brief questionnaire (ASQ) that enables doctors and other health professionals improve the identification of behaviours and lifestyles that put young people at risk of poor physical and emotional health. Young people admitted to the Adolescent Ward of the Royal Children's Hospital were invited to complete the questionnaire.
    To gain an understanding of how the ASQ can be used in practice, the ASQ was compared to an interview and to notes in the medical records.

    Results show that the ASQ was acceptable to young people and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. It was found to be a helpful tool for doctors to identify broader social and emotional issues. These results will help improve the care of young people in the hospital.


    Murdoch Children's Research Institute Trainee Research Scholarship


    Yeo, M. S., Bond, L. M., & Sawyer, S. M. (2005). Health risk screening in adolescents: room for improvement in a tertiary inpatient setting. The Medical journal of Australia183(8), 427–429.


    Dr Michele Yeo